Ultimaker’s larger platform S5 & new materials

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, materials, ultimaker, filament, additive, s5

Of the large number of manufacturers that jumped into the desktop, entry level, FDM market a couple of years ago, Ultimaker has been one of the few breakout success stories.

With the release of the Ultimaker 3 (our write up is here), the company took one of its first steps to breaking away from its maker roots and starting to provide tools built for a more professional environment where consistency and repeatability are paramount.

This week, Ultimaker has shown off its next step: the Ultimaker S5.

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Jigs and Fixtures for GrabCAD Print automates 3D printing for factory floor jobs

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, grabcad, additive manufacturing

The use of 3D printing for creating custom jigs and fixtures, faster and cheaper that traditional milling processes, has been one of the biggest ‘wins’ for the technology to date, so its of little surprises to see Stratasys unveil specific software to streamline the process.

Jigs and Fixtures for GrabCAD Print aims to simplify and automate the print preparation for Stratasys’ FDM 3D Printing technology by eliminating the need for users to convert their CAD design to an STL file,

By accepting native CAD designs, Stratasys believes that the part’s original design intent is maintained, which can result in key information not being lost during translation.

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Ford adopts Impossible Objects’s technology for composites R&D

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, materials, ford, carbon fibre, impossible objects

Ford has purchased two of Impossible Objects’ Model One machines for its research and development teams, as it looks to enable complex composite parts manufacture at production speeds for the automotive industry.

Leveraging high-speed 2D graphics technologies, the Model One enables users to use a wide-range of composite and advanced materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass together with PEEK and other high performance polymers, to automate lay-ups to build the strongest, lightweight parts at scale.

“We believe there’s huge opportunity for our technology across the $12 trillion global manufacturing market, and we’re honored to have Ford as a customer,” says Impossible Objects chairman and founder Bob Swartz. “We’re looking forward to working with Ford and exploring all the ways the company can use 3D printing at scale.”

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EOS targets Aerospace with new P810 machine and carbon fibre-filled PEKK material

Published 23 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, eos, materials, additive manufacturing, aerospace, carbon filled materials, additive

Masters of sintering plastics, EOS has launched the EOS P 810, a large frame, dual laser system specifically designed to process a new high-performance, carbon fibre reinforced PEKK-based material, called HT-23.

Developed in close cooperation with Boeing, this world’s first economic, high-temperature polymer AM solution addresses industry requirements for ‘demanding high-performance parts’ as required by the aerospace industry, though we suspect it will find uses in other industries, particularly given its large build volume.

The P 810 machine is built to only build using this new powder, with a build volume of 700 x 380 x 380 mm, with two 70-watt lasers with EOS focussing on dimensional accuracy and productivity – other interesting notes are the relatively low refresh rate for the powder (40%) particularly for filled polymer powder material.

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Flagship F900 range leads the way for Stratasys’ vision of the future factory

Published 23 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, additive manufacturing, fortus

Stratasys has unveiled a range of new FDM 3D printing solutions designed to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing on the factory floor, led by its new F900 family.

The F900 is available in a new series of three solutions: the F900, the F900 AICS (Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution), and the F900 PRO, all boasting 914.4 x 609.6 x 914.4 mm build area, that can be split to provide two ‘build zones’ for either small or large build sheets.

The F900 Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution (AICS), announced at the Paris Air Show, is a solution for flight-worthy parts.

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Visionary Render 2 ramps up the possibilities for Industry 4.0

Published 23 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, design, iot, visualisation, workstation, cloud, vr, virtalis, visionary render

 

The latest version of Visionary Render, Virtalis’ flagship engineering VR software, offers the ability to share 3D models across an entire enterprise thanks to a new cloud-based structure.

Built specifically to maintain design and engineering information, as opposed to a repurposed gaming engine, Visionary Render 2 acts as a platform linking both structured and unstructured data, meaning CAD PLM can be brought together with any mix of data from IOT, laser scans, point clouds, weather feeds and more.

Virtalis says that giant data sets can be rendered at lightning speed, and that thanks to its mesh network, it can stream to a range of devices, ‘including tablets, all while maintaining vital security and data integrity features’.

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Tulip launch Factory Kit for Industry 4.0

Published 23 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: hardware, iot, manufacturing, tech, industry 4.0, tulip

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ll be familiar with the concept of Industry 4.0, and while there are as many interpretations as there are experts on the subject, one of the cornerstones of the ‘next industrial revolution’ is the Smart Factory.

The technology industry is practically foaming at the mouth and expounding on how its toolset technology and product ‘align with the movement’, yet if you want to dip your toe into building a smart assembly environment or factory, it’s difficult to know where to start.

To help with this start-up Tulip has launched its Factory Kit, that when combined with its software as a service offering for connecting hardware to intelligent work instructions, shopfloor monitoring, analytics and much more, gives users the chance to start to explore the potential without costing you a small fortune in consulting and services.

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